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Description - Machiavelli's Liberal Republican Legacy by Paul Anthony Rahe

The significance of Machiavelli's political thinking for the development of modern republicanism is a matter of great controversy. In this volume, a distinguished team of political theorists and historians reassess the evidence, examining the character of Machiavelli's own republicanism and charting his influence on Marchamont Nedham, James Harrington, John Locke, Algernon Sidney, John Trenchard, Thomas Gordon, David Hume, the Baron de Montesquieu, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Alexander Hamilton. This work argues that while Machiavelli himself was not liberal, he did set the stage for the emergence of liberal republicanism in England. By the exponents of commercial society he provided the foundations for a moderation of commonwealth ideology and exercised considerable, if circumscribed, influence on the statesmen who founded the American Republic. Machiavelli's Liberal Republican Legacy will be of great interest to political theorists, early modern historians, and students of the American political tradition.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521851879
ISBN-10: 0521851874
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 30mm)
Pages: 390
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Nov-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Paul Anthony Rahe

Paul A. Rahe is Jay P. Walker Professor of American History at the University of Tulsa. His first book, Republics Ancient and Modern: Classical Republicanism and the American Revolution (1992) was an alternative selection of the History Book Club and was reissued in a three-volume paperback edition by the University of North Carolina Press in 1994. He co-edited Montesquieu's Science of Politics: Essays on the Spirit of Laws (Rowman and Littlefield, 2001) and has published chapters in numerous other edited works as well as articles in such journals as The American Journal of Philology, The American Historical Review, The Review of Politics, The Journal of the Historical Society, The American Spectator, and The Wilson Quarterly, among others. He is the recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship and various other research fellowships.

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